Countless haunted house horror movies have been released over the years, from classics like The Amityville Horror and The Haunting to modern gems such as The Conjuring and Paranormal Activity. Up next, Fox Searchlight is going back to the beginning, telling the tale of the very first documented haunting.
Deadline reports that the studio is actively developing a big screen adaptation of an 80-year-old article that was published in The New Yorker back in 1936. The two-part article, penned by Carl Carmer and titled Voices Through The Trumpet, told of a real-life horror that took place in upstate New York in the mid-1800s.
Per the website…
Two young girls, the Fox sisters, were at the center of the haunting. They remained in touch with a spirit that haunted them as they grew up. When they reached adulthood, both girls disavowed the haunting, then promptly died mysteriously. Years later, Carmer ventured back to the haunted house and the spiritualist community that sprung up around it to try to figure out what really happened, and was met with terrifying answers.
J.T. Petty (The Burrows, Hellbenders) has been hired to write the screenplay. He’s currently hard at work researching the case.
If you’d like to read Voices Through The Trumpet, you can do so over on The New Yorker’s website.